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Monday
Aug152016

This 1972 Panasonic RS296-US music machine plays with history

Imagine a device that can store twenty playlists containing songs of your choice that you access at the press of a button. A device that could play music for over thirty hours without repetition.

It really doesn’t require any imagination nowadays as most people already own a pocket sized gadget that can do just that, but what if you had to make this device using only the technology that was available in 1972.

If you did, it would probably look something like the fantastic machine in the video below. 

It's interesting to note that the 2.5 days of music that Panasonic quoted on their advert is roughly similar in play time to the 1000 songs in your pocket that the first 5GB Apple iPod boasted twenty four year later in 2001. However to play tape for 60 hours would require fragile 180min cassettes, so a more realistic play time using twenty 90 min cassettes would be half that.

The Antikythera Mechanism I mention at the beginning* is a 2000 year old computer that has been in a number of documentaries - someone has uploaded a BBC video about it here

You may have spotted two special cassettes in the video - a Back to the Future Replica "Edward Van Halen" tape and a Guardians of the Galaxy "Awesome Mix Tape Vol. 1" - both were provided by my good friend Hugo from Walkman Archive - you can find more info on his tapes here:
Back to The Future         Guardians of the Galaxy

My Akai "Auto-reverse the hard way" video can be found here

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Reader Comments (8)

Love this stuff

Matt, I like cats, and I like this channel, how about a video on how a cat works, maybe take one apart to see how they work too? :@)

August 16, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterPaul

- It's a classic
- No, its a ][c

Brilliant!

PS. I love cats, what's wrong with them? I like your channel too ;)

August 21, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterCalvinH

I'm not dissing cats - I love cats, and have been the proud guardian to a number of felines...it was a reference to the fact that the majority of the internet that I don't make is made up of cats. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cats_and_the_Internet

August 21, 2016 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Wow what fantastic piece of equipment in a bygone era. I enjoyed this video and watching the mechanical machine do its work

August 22, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterChris J

Very cool piece of hardware.

Tks for review

August 24, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterkantynho00

Hi, Thanks for your review. Just got one myself. Could you advise on where to buy replacement parts for the unit ?
Thanks!

September 12, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMbg

You've done well to find one. Mine didn't need any repairs and I wouldn't know how to go about finding any. If I were you I'd ask the chaps on the Tapeheads.net forums.

September 12, 2017 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Ok, thanks. Will do. The unit wasn't used much and looks quite mint. But I guess at least the belts should be replaced after all those years.

September 13, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMbg

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